Athena Middle School Technology Department Receives Grant

By on February 27, 2018

Athena Middle School Technology Department is the lead school for Programming and receives up to $20,000 in funds for an I- Test, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (I-TEST) grant from National Science Foundation for their computer science initiatives and their commitment to continue this work with students in the coming years.

Mission of Grant: As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education. I-TEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

Athena Middle School Technology Teacher, Christine Bailey-Clar, has been working with the I -Test Grant team for the past few years and continues to support the STEM initiatives to bring students authentic learning experiences that reflect 21st Century careers and demands for a highly skilled workforce.  Each student participant who completes the academy program expectations will receive a stipend for their involvement and have the opportunity to compete in the Summer Coding Academy challenge at Brockport University.  We are honored to be a part of this program and look forward to seeing it grow next year.

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